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Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible with all 2017 Ford vehicles

You will be able to connect your Android device or iPhone to every single one of Ford's 2017 production vehicles, via its SYNC 3 entertainment unit.

Published onJuly 25, 2016

Ford Sync 3 Android Auto

Ford has now confirmed that every single one of its 2017 production vehicles will be able to connect to your smartphone via either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Thanks to Ford’s SYNC 3 entertainment system, which will now be installed in all 2017 models, there won’t be any limitations on which new car to choose if you want a smartphone-compatible ride.

Quick look at Android Auto in Ford cars at CES 2016

Unlike most car makers, Ford isn’t only offering smartphone connectivity on a select number of vehicles or as an expensive optional extra. The SYNC 3 head unit will be included on all 2017 model-year Ford cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles.

As Ford notes in a press release, “Ford’s platform-focused approach to SYNC 3 means a fast rollout across all vehicles – with rapid deployment of new innovations via Wi-Fi over-the-air updates”. Rather than going model by model, Ford decided to make the connected car a standard for its entire lineup.

Existing models like the Mustang, Escape, Explorer and Fusion are already available with SYNC 3 integration in dealerships “and others like the F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive later this year.”

Do you connect your car to your phone? Should smartphone connectivity be a standard feature?